Phoenix Arizona


Valley Metro Regional Public Transportation Authority by quotes
July 24, 2008, 5:41 pm
Filed under: Arizona, Phoenix, Phoenix Arizona, US - AZ (Phoenix) | Tags: ,

Demand for all services by Valley Metro Regional Public Transportation Authority increased to the highest levels ever recorded in June as gasoline surpassed $4 a gallon and Maricopa County recorded more high pollution advisories in a single month than it did during all of last year.

Ridership on commuter Express bus routes rose 40 percent year-over-year to top 9,000 boardings in June, while new registrants in Valley Metro’s online carpool partner matchlist grew 380 percent year-over-year. Currently, there are more than 7,100 commuters in the database who are looking to share the ride.

Valley Metro’s website-which allows visitors to map a bus trip, purchase online fare, and find a carpool or vanpool partner-also saw enormous spikes in demand. Page views of http://www.ValleyMetro.org increased 156 percent year-over-year in June to more than 1.38 million views.

Gas Prices Past the Tipping Point

Read more here:Valley Metro



Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon by quotes

Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon Named

“Best Mayor in North America”

http://www.evliving.com/

Phoenix Arizona Mayor Phil Gordon, following months of online, worldwide voting, has emerged as the “Best Mayor in North America” and is one of only 11 finalists in contention to be named “Best Mayor in the World.”

Every two years the world’s most outstanding mayor is presented with the World Mayor Award by City Mayors. City Mayors is an international network of professionals working to promote strong and prosperous cities, and is headquartered in London.

According to its Web site, “The World Mayor project …seeks out mayors who have the vision, passion and skills to make their cities amazing places to live in, work in and visit. The World Mayor Project aims to show what outstanding mayors can achieve as well as raise their profiles nationally and internationally. It honors those who have served their communities selflessly and courageously and who have made significant contributions to the well-being of cities. The most outstanding mayor of 2008 will be presented with the World Mayor Award.”

Read more at: Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon



FlexMLS training for Realtors by quotes
July 9, 2008, 2:29 pm
Filed under: Arizona, Education, FlexMLS, Phoenix Arizona, Real Estate, US - AZ (Phoenix) | Tags: ,

FlexMLS

Jul 7, 2008 Beginning July 28th ARMLS (Arizona Regional Multiple Listing Service, INC.) will be switching to a new and improved operating system for Realtors here in AZ called FLEX MLS

several Title companies and Brokers underwent training and certification to begin EARLY training. I have completed the ARMLS training I along with my colleagues have been offering FLEX MLS training at locations around the valley. If you would like to attend one of the remaining classes go to www.landamaz.com to register. I will be at the Chandler location Tuesday July 8th and Wednesday July 9th and would love to see you at training.

The hardest thing about change is the resistance to that change.

Shelli Bates
LandAmerica Lawyers Title



Community Information & Referral Board of Directors by quotes

Phoenix Arizona – Community Information & Referral (CIR), a local non-profit, recently elected officers for its 2008-2009. The new officers are:

Chair, Bill Austin, Vice President of Business Development, Arizona High Tech Talent Partnership

Vice-Chair, Jerry Mendoza, Low Income Assistance Program Manager, Arizona Public Service

Treasurer, Blossom Aung, Program Business Manager, General Dynamics,

Shelley Detwiller Digiacomo, Attorney, Osborn Maledon.

Art Brooks, President/CEO, Arizona Broadcasters Association was recently elected to the board.

Community Information & Referral (CIR) provides FREE 24-hour Help Hotline services to Arizona residents. Trained Information & Referral Specialists respond to calls from people who need help finding help, assess problems, and provide appropriate information and/or referrals to local governmental, non-profit, and faith-based health and human services organizations. Callers can reach the Hot Helpline in Maricopa County by calling 602-263-8856, or outside Maricopa County, toll free at 1-800-352-3792. Visit us on the web at http://www.cir.org/ and see below for a complete listing.

Special Programs

Community Information & Referral offers several specialized programs for residents of Arizona. Please click on the name of the programs below to find out more about them including contact information.

24-Hour Helpline
Our English/Spanish bilingual Information & Referral Specialists are ready to help you 24 hours a day to assist you in finding the help you need. We are central and northern Arizona’s First Call for Help. Call 602-263-8856 from anywhere or 1-800-352-3792 within area codes 520 & 928.

Childhood Immunization Hotline (Maricopa County only)
We refer callers living in Maricopa County to the closest clinic where they can get free immunizations for their children age 18 and under. Call 602-263-8856.

Community Voice MailCommunity Voice Mail
Community Voice Mail assists homeless individuals in Maricopa County by giving them private telephone numbers to help them with job searches and keeping connected to family and friends. All clients must be referred by agencies that provide direct services to homeless individuals and/or families. Call 602-263-8845 x 108.

CONTACSCONTACS
The COmmunity NeTwork for ACcessing Shelter helps domestic violence victims and homeless persons in Maricopa County find shelter in emergency situations 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call 602-263-8900 or 1-800-799-7739.

HIV CAREHIV CARE
HIV CARE is a confidential 24-hour information line for helping people with HIV/AIDS who need medical care. People can also get help with food, dental, counseling, social services and treatment. Services are available in English and Spanish. No insurance is required. Call 1-877-HIV-7020 or 1-800-448-7020.

HMISMaricopa HMIS (Homeless Management Information System) Project
Assessing services provided to and unmet needs of homeless individuals in Maricopa County. This program is presented in cooperation with several agencies with support from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Arizona Mortgage Foreclosure HelplineArizona Mortgage Foreclosure Helpline
With thousands of Arizonans facing foreclosure on their homes, Community Information & Referral has partnered with the Arizona Department of Housing to guide those people to agencies that can help them through the process and might be able to help them stay in their homes. Call 1-877-448-1211. Foreclosure Prevention

Valley LifelineValley Lifeline
In partnership with Lifeline Systems Inc., the nation’s leading provider of personal emergency response services, we provide a way to help people remain independent in their own homes while maintaining a constant link to immediate emergency services should the need arise. This service is especially helpful to senior citizens and people with disabilities who might otherwise require constant supervision in an environment outside their homes. Call 602-263-8845.

Community Information & Referral Board of Directors



4th of July Celebration at Scottsdale Job Network by quotes
July 1, 2008, 12:36 am
Filed under: Scottsdale Job Network

Scottsdale Job Network Meeting

At this meeting, SJN is celebrating the 4th of July! Participants are encouraged to wear shorts, patriotic colors or Hawaiian shirts and stay after the meeting for a lunch of hot dogs, etc. No cost, donations appreciated.

Thank you,
Bill Austin

Robert Van Arlen

Motivational Speaker

Join us on Tuesday July 1, 2008 as Motivational Speaker Robert Van Arlen presents at Scottsdale Job Network. Robert Van Arlen is an expert in transforming organizational culture through a process called “Focused Synergy.” Born in Honolulu, the former Fortune 500 executive built a reputation during his 15 year career of changing the culture of his teams from whiners to winners.

Robert’s distinction is his ability to use the power of music to ignite his audience in an experiential learning environment that becomes a significant element of personal growth.

Attend our regular meetings to learn more about the Job Search Process and about Phoenix Jobs

Meetings are held on the first and third Tuesday mornings:

9-9:30 Networking, resume reviews, contact with recruiters

9:30 Welcome, announcements, introductions

10:00 Speaker begins

11:15 Speaker ends, feedback collected

Networking continues until 11:30

We meet at and use space provided by Temple Chai, 4645 East Marilyn Road, Phoenix, AZ 85032-4839. Temple Chai is located just east of the Piestawa Freeway (Route 51) and South & West of the loop 101 (PIMA FREEWAY SECTION). Marilyn Road is on the west side of Tatum Blvd. between Thunderbird and Greenway Roads

Scottsdale Job Network (SJN) is a non-profit community group of business leaders and volunteers. We are not a job placement forum, and we do not match candidates to openings nor do we send resumes to employers or recruiters. There is no guarantee of employment either directly through this group or as a result of association with SJN. We do, however, provide education in the job search process and all attendees have the opportunity to meet and work with people who offer support and guidance during employment transition.

The value of SJN lies in the skills, business networks and personal passions of our members. Membership is open to everyone willing to share their skills and anyone interested in local networking or in need of employment transition support.

Email: | Scottsdale Job Network | Voice Mail: Phone: (480) 513-1491

Doug Barrett
Dan Powell



Famous Quotes by quotes
July 1, 2008, 12:32 am
Filed under: Scottsdale Job Network

A man’s mind stretched by a new idea can never go back to its original dimensions
– Oliver Wendell Holmes

Dan Powell



Phoenix Neighborhoods Stand Together to Stop Gun Violence in South Phoenix by quotes

Phoenix Neighborhoods Stand Together

to Stop Gun Violence in South Phoenix

June 05 , 2008 by EditorA gun buy-back, a neighborhood cleanup and community walk are part of the “Take Back Your Neighborhood” campaign recently unveiled by Mayor Phil Gordon.

The month-long campaign will focus on four specific neighborhoods that, according to police, experience a disproportionate amount of gun violence and include several events specifically designed to make the neighborhoods a safer place.

Joining the mayor were Phoenix City Council members Michael Johnson, District 8, and Michael Nowakowski, District 7, and representatives of the Phoenix Police Department, U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Arizona, Silent Witness, Phoenix Fire Department, Silent Witness and Arizonans for Gun Safety.

The goal of the program is to empower the residents of these neighborhoods to take action to prevent future gun violence. The neighborhoods involved in the project and their boundaries are:

7/11 Fight Back (7th to 15th avenues and Buckeye Road to I-17), Lindo Park (19th to 23rd avenues and Roeser Road to Southern Avenue), South Vista (12th to 16th streets and Roeser Road to Southern Avenue), Hermoso Park (16th to 24th streets and Vineyard to Broadway roads).

Spearheading the Take Back Your Neighborhood program is Arizonans for Gun Safety, a nonprofit, community-based organization dedicated to reducing gun deaths and injuries.

In addition, several private individuals and companies have pledged their support, including APS, Gust Rosenfeld, Jerry and Joan Colangelo, Phoenix Community Alliance, SRP, the Arizona Republic and La Voz.

The Take Back Your Neighborhood program is a coordinated effort between the city of Phoenix, Phoenix Police Department, ATF, Arizona U.S. Attorney’s Office and Arizonans for Gun Safety to dramatically reduce the amount of violent crime in the four Phoenix neighborhoods.

The events for the bilingual campaign include:

The “Steps to Stop Gun Violence” community walk 7 to 10 a.m. Saturday, June 14, at Lindo Park, 19th Avenue and Roeser Road, led by faith-based communities in the four neighborhoods. The walk will culminate with a free breakfast and the distribution of free gun locks.

Two job fairs scheduled for Tuesday, June 17, and Thursday, June 19, to help neighborhood residents take charge of their lives.

A neighborhood cleanup event 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday, June 21, presented by the City of Phoenix Neighborhood Services Department to help encourage community involvement. In addition to dumpsters and garbage bags, paint and rollers will be provided to stamp out graffiti.

A “no questions asked” gun buy-back program 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 28, will award a $100 grocery gift card to anyone who brings in a firearm. Buyback locations will include the Phoenix Police Department’s South Mountain Precinct, as well as community churches in each of the four participating neighborhoods.

A community celebration of Take Back Your Neighborhood month 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 28, from at the South Mountain Community Center. Activities will include music, food, games and free swimming in the community pool.

The Take Back Your Neighborhood campaign will include weekly door hangers on every one of the 4,000 homes and apartments in the participating communities, as well as billboards, posters and event fliers promoting specific events. Additionally, 600 free gun locks will be distributed throughout the duration of the program to promote firearm safety.

For more information about the program, visit http://takebackyourneighborhood.com or call 602-222-5400.



Foreclosure Prevention by quotes

Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano

Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano announces local toll-free help line for Arizona foreclosure prevention

Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano announces local toll-free Foreclosure Prevention help line.

Arizona State Seal - Great Seal of the State of Arizona

“MORTGAGE TROUBLE? DON’T DELAY. CALL TODAY.”

Governor Janet Napolitano announces local toll-free help line

PHOENIX – Governor Janet Napolitano announced today the latest effort in a series of state initiatives to better serve Arizona families facing foreclosure. Homeowners who are either delinquent on their mortgage or face foreclosure now have a new, dedicated 24/7 toll-free help line to reach a local Arizona foreclosure counselor: 1-877-448-1211.

“In response to a problem that is increasingly affecting so many Arizona families we are launching this new toll free number in an effort to urge homeowners to not delay – to call today,” said Governor Janet Napolitano. “Troubled Arizona homeowners now have a phone number that will connect them to specialized services right here in Arizona. We urge anyone who may be at risk of foreclosure to call a local foreclosure counselor today.”

The Arizona foreclosure help line, made available through a $1.3 million federal grant, will be a vital link between families facing a housing crisis and access to free foreclosure counseling appointments. The Arizona Department of Housing is contracting with Community Information and Referral Services to staff the call center which will connect homeowners to a local, certified foreclosure counselor.

Arizona Foreclosure Prevention Task Force

Thank you

Bill Austin



Phoenix Voters Approve Parks and Preserve Measure by quotes

 Phoenix Voters Approve Parks and Preserve Measure

Phoenix voters today approved the extension of a sales tax for parks and preserves.

In unofficial results, a total of 89,612 votes, or 83 percent, were cast in favor of the proposition, while 18,777 votes, or 17 percent, were cast against it.

The measure will continue a 1/10 of one percent sales tax voters approved in 1999 for parks and preserves improvements and land acquisition. The approved sales tax is set to expire in 30 years.

There were 108,389 votes cast in today’s election, which is about 21 percent of all registered voters in Phoenix.

For more information about the election, call the City Clerk’s Office at 602-261-VOTE (8683) or visit phoenix.gov.



Phoenix Updates its Sustainability Summary Report for the Web by quotes

 Phoenix Updates its Sustainability Summary Report for the Web

The city of Phoenix has updated its Sustainability Summary increasing the total number of sustainability programs from 70 to more than 80. The summary provides brief descriptions of all of the city of Phoenix’s environmental stewardship efforts, some of which have been in place for decades.

“To be successful, Phoenix must be an environmental leader. This summary showcases Phoenix’s numerous environmental programs,” said Councilman Greg Stanton, chair of the Parks, Education, Bio-science and Sustainability Subcommittee. “The depth and variety of programs demonstrates that Phoenix is an environmental leader, both in the Valley and throughout the nation.”

The updated summary includes recent information on the city’s Climate Action efforts and participation in Earth Hour, in addition to new information about Phoenix Recycles, Bag Central Station, the Convention Center solar project and the city’s recently adopted renewable energy goal, the Brownfields Environmental Technician Job Training Program and Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Program. Enhancements have been reported in the areas of environmental leadership, land use policies, transportation, air quality, water conservation, heat island, energy conservation, green building, pollution prevention, historic preservation and riparian area conservation.

To view the complete summary online, visit phoenix.gov/sustainability. The sustainability brochure also is available online by clicking on the Phoenix: A Sustainable City Brochure link in the left navigation column of the sustainability Web page.